Friday, January 23, 2009

Executive Director Job Opening

Self Help Graphics & Art
Executive Director

Organization Description
After more than 30 years, Self Help Graphics & Art (SHG) is literally synonymous with Chicano art. Some of the biggest names in Chicano art – Frank Romero, Wayne Alaniz Healy, Yolanda Gonzales, Salomon Huerta and Miguel Angel Reyes learned extensive knowledge about the art and skill of printmaking in SHG’s mosaic walls. Our mission is to advance Chicano and Latino art through programming, exhibitions and outreach to diverse audiences in East Los Angeles and beyond. SHG fosters a symbiotic relationship with the community through engaging emerging artists and bringing accessible, relevant art to the community.

We are seeking a candidate who not only fulfills the requirements outlined in this document, but one who will have pride in helping to carry on the legacy of SHG.

Position Description
SHG is seeking to hire an executive director who will be responsible for the day-to-day management of operations and execution of long-term artistic vision to ensure the organization fulfills its mission. In addition, with guidance from the SHG Board of Directors, the executive director is responsible for implementing daily procedures and long-term strategies to ensure the organization remains financially sound. The ideal candidate will have sensitivity to, knowledge of and respect for the special needs of Chicano and Latino artists in Los Angeles and beyond. He/she will have experience working with diverse stakeholders including artists, volunteers, community members, funders, peer organizations and elected officials. The executive director will also have a proven track record in business management and fund development. The Executive Director reports directly to the SHG Board of Directors.

Human Resource Management
The executive director will supervise the activities of the master printmaker, printer’s apprentice and the printmaking facility. Under the direction of the SHG Board of Directors, the executive director will develop job descriptions for and hire new staff members as needed.

• Bachelor’s Degree
• Masters Degree or MFA preferred

• Desired 10+ years of management experience with supervisory responsibility
• Finance, accounting and business management experience
• Fund development, grant making and/or management experience
• Experience in the arts, preferably visual arts
• Deep knowledge of Chicano and Latino art history
• Significant experience in the non-profit or public sector
• Command of Chicano and/or Latino history, culture and current issues
• Strong communication and interpersonal skills
• Experience with accounting software a plus
• Proficiency using Microsoft Word and Excel

Compensation: Salary commensurate with experience plus benefits

All applicants should submit a cover letter, resume and salary requirements to the attention of Rose Ramirez at by February 28, 2009.